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A smart, well-acted, and refreshingly messy coming-of-age story, Selah and the Spades suggests a bright future for debuting writer-director Tayarisha Poe. Read critic reviews

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Five factions run the underground life of a prestigious east coast boarding school. The head of The Spades walks a fine line between being feared and being loved.

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  • It has a woozy, suggestive grip, dangling some questions, answering others. It isn't slick. It's singular - and Poe is clearly a name to watch.

    November 27, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Poe's feature debut, though, has a style all its own, spare but rich and able to make the umpteenth teen movie we've all seen feel fresh.

    April 28, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Poe - a new kid on the block who already feels like a major talent - calls a spade a spade but manages to be dreamily oblique, right to the end.

    April 21, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's impassioned, informed and sometimes furious work that could find Poe being name-checked herself not too long from now.

    April 21, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Tayarisha Poe's empowerment of women, dissection of Black Excellence, and modern sensibility toward adolescent sexuality makes for an edgy feature debut.

    April 21, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • It's closer to horror than the usual lightweight fare one finds in the genre.

    April 21, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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